Christopher Fry’s diatribe against pain in the creation (quoted in News Weekly, October 31, 2020, p24) is altogether too simple minded. Without pain, higher animal life (beyond the reflex) would be impossible.
It has long been clear that multiculturalism, which has been forced on Western nations by an ethologically, ethnologically and sociologically ignorant social and economic elite (who themselves operate at a protective international level above the specifics of national and racial cultural differences and loyalties), is a failure.
Scanning my bookshelves for what next to read, I came across, in the classical section, an inherited translation of Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny, and Cicero’s treatises On Friendship and On Old Age, as yet unread (by me). I was to find that they contained many virtues. On entering Cicero’s On Friendship, I was almost immediately struck by a cascade of words once current in our public discourse, but now absent as if they had never been: honourable, virtuous, faithful, constant, trustworthy, loyal, good, upright, principled; and the qualities of integrity, propriety, rectitude and piety.
by Lucy Sullivan Although on its first publication in 1846, some condemned Wuthering Heights for the violence and brutality of the lives and passions it depicted, in the mid-20th century it was the most acclaimed of the Brontë sisters’ novels, and the “love affair” of Catherine and Heathcliff, also, as the most powerful of representations of Romantic Love. The oneness of the souls of lovers and the inevitability of tragedy if they are torn apart is perhaps never more explicitly expressed than by Heathcliff and Catherine. For example: Heathcliff: If he [Linton] loved with all the powers of his puny…